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You do not require a separate diploma or permit in order to establish a business in the Netherlands. However, you are only allowed to practise certain professions if you meet specific requirements. There are regulated professions and professions that are subject to certain professional competence requirements.
Regulated professions in the Netherlands
A regulated profession is one where access to or practice of a profession is restricted to those who meet the professional qualifications required by law. In the European Union's Regulated Professions Database you can find the list of the regulated professions in the Netherlands, with a reference to the related organisation.
Recognition foreign diplomas and professions
European agreements with regard to the mutual recognition of diplomas provide access to regulated professions in other Member States. Nuffic's National Contact Point can inform you about the status of your national diploma in the Netherlands and possible access to a Dutch regulated profession. Nuffic is the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education. You can also have your foreign credentials evaluated by IDW (International Credential Evaluation).
European Professional Card
If you are a general care nurse, pharmacist, physiotherapist, real estate agent or mountain guide, you can apply for a European Professional Card (EPC) to the European Commission. This card, which is an electronic certificate that works via the Internal Market Information System (IMI), simplifies the procedure for getting your professional qualifications recognised in another EU country.
European Regulated professions database
Check the EU Regulated professions database to find out which professions are regulated in which Member States. The database also contains information about the professions and statistic data on cross-border activities regarding regulated professions with an interactive map.
Professions subject to professional competence requirements
In addition to the regulated professions, there are professions that are subject to professional competence requirements. Some of these are: